China’s Ministry of Agriculture and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, has lifted a 13-year ban on imports of U.S. beef. The decision is seen as an important step in the development of the global beef trade, but it does not concern beef older than 30 months and some cuts will still need to seek authorisation.

It is expected the U.S. cattle producers will cut down on the use of hormone growth promotants (HGPs) in order to adhere to China’s traceability and quarantine regulations.

“While these initial reports are positive, we must continue technical negotiations and undergo the process of formally approving exports certificates. China is already the world’s second largest buyer of beef, and with a growing middle class, the export opportunities for U.S. cattlemen and women are tremendous”, said Kent Bacus, Director of International Trade, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, U.S.

Source: Global Meat